I'm not American, and I don't normally comment on American Politics, but many of this blogs readers are from the US and I read and enjoy many US web-sites, such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, etc. So much of the english speaking web comes from the States. So as what happens to the internet in America will effect what happens here in the UK, please watch this video:[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/31100268?byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”550″ height=”309″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen]
PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.
Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa
PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.